Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern London

Running from the 6th July – 30th October

The popular Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern London is on show over the summer and has so far received good reception. This week I decided to make the visit myself.

My early recollections of this female pioneer in abstract art were at 14 studying Art; her successful depictions of flowers and carcasses are both realistic and abstract.

The exhibition is organised chronologically, and focuses on work between 1910 and 1960. There are twelve exhibition rooms; each room focuses on an event in the painter’s life or a particular interest. This makes it easy for both those with an art background as well as an enthusiast to appreciate the relationship between events, themes and painting.

In my opinion,  the exhibition rooms would have benefited from being bigger, and the work spread out as I did occasionally feel that the overcrowding made it difficult to appreciate some of the paintings. Nonetheless, I did view all of them and even study a few. (See below for a list of my favourite paintings)

What makes this a great exhibition is the range of paintings go beyond the poplar flowers and carcasses which have become the iconic symbol of her art.  There are less commonly known paintings, smaller sketches, books as well as photographs by Alfred Stieglitz. Whilst some may argue that the paintings deserve to be displayed on their own, I feel that the combination gives the work context and a story.

The exhibition runs until the end of October and I would highly recommend everyone to take up this rare opportunity to  see the work of such a renowned American artist at the Tate modern London.

Link to the Tate Moden Exhibition:

List of favourite paintings:

Line and Curve             1927 Oil paint on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe, 1987(Click here to view)

Abstraction Blue          1927 Oil paint on canvas The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Helen Acheson Bequest, 1979. (Click here to view)

New York, Night          1928–9 Oil paint on canvas (Click here to view)

The Tate Modern prohibits the use of cameras in the exhibition. Links have been inserted to other sites for reference only.


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